Success, Elegance, and Old-World formality in Suits
For most men, dress suits remain a confusing combination of options and configurations. In this article, the DeCalo Fashion suit expert takes the mystery out of designer suit and suit separate configurations.
The most common type of a men’s suit includes two pieces, the jacket and the slacks. In the strictest sense, however, a business suit may also include a vest. Whether two or three components, one rule is always obeyed: all business suit pieces must be cut from the same fabric; if the fabric doesn’t match, it’s not much of a suit.
The basic design for a two-piece dress suit is as follows: two buttons on the front, with two side vents. You will also see three-button jackets with either a single back vent or two side vents. If a suit is single-breasted, the jacket will close with a single set of buttons. On the trousers, cuffs are optional.
Unlike single-breasted dress suits, the jacket of a double-breasted suit has two sets of buttons to hold the jacket closed as it wraps a little further around the waist. A double-breasted suit will never have a single back vent. Instead, two side vents are the standard.
The vest is what transforms an ordinary two-piece dress suit into a three-piece suit. In the past the vest was necessary for warmth and was a standard part of any men’s suit. After falling out of popularity the three piece suit (vest included) is starting to make a big comeback.
Of the types of dress suits discussed here, the two-piece suit is the most common for business attire; the double-breasted suit brings with it a heightened sense of elegance, and the three-piece carries with it a sense of old-world formality. Check SuitBargains.com for first quality suits in any of these configurations.